The Wolfman: DVD Review
Released by Universal Home Video
Released in an extended director's cut just a few months since its release in
cinemas, The Wolfman remains a much maligned horror film.
In 1880s London, Lawrence Talbot (Benicio del Toro) is summoned to
the family home after the disappearance of his brother Ben.
Talbot is reunited with his father (Anthony Hopkins) - something that
he hadn't planned on after fleeing domestic life after the death of his mother.
After being called back by Ben's wife Gwen (Emily Blunt), the hunt soon turns to
a funeral after the discovery of Ben's mutilated body.
Talbot begins an investigation into the brutal slaying of his brother
- and even Scotland Yard's finest (including Hugo Weaving) are called in. But as
Talbot digs deeper into claims an animal killed his brother, he's drawn into a
dark world and finds himself facing his deepest fears.
A remake of the 1914 film, this version remains a darkly compelling
and gory take on the Victorian legend. Full of spooks and shocks (as well as
blood), it's great to see a Wolfman which is nightmarish as its original premise
suggested it would be.
Del Toro is good as the
tortured Talbot - and one scene inside an asylum where the wolf breaks out is
just terrifically terrifying.
16 minutes of extra
footage make this version worthwhile - and I still standby the fact this was
dismissed as boring and slow in the cinema. It's actually a nice character piece
which has some great set moments which really ramp up the fear.
Perfect entertainment for the dark, winter nights.
Extras: Not so exciting, deleted
scenes - sometimes, there's a reason why they're deleted.